2012 Chinese Grand Prix Race Results & Points Standings

Today the 2012 Chinese Grand Prix was held and it might have marked a major turnaround for a famous race car manufacturer.  The season is still young, but it looks like the teams are getting closer to each other in performance.

The race got underway with dull skies, but rain did not occur during the race.  The race had a very good start with minimal car contact through the first two turns.  The two Mercedes cars that started on the front row were able to maintain their starting positions through the first laps.

However, a little later the Mercedes team made a huge unforced error when they did not get the wheel nut tight on the right front tire of Michael Schumacher’s car causing Schumacher to retire and being classified as dead last in the race results.

Rosberg’s Mercedes continued to lead until after 30 laps when his tires just started to give way and his was forced to pit. His speed was getting slower and slower.  Button, in a McLaren, passed Rosberg in the pits for the lead.

Later on Lap 40, Button had a very slow pit stop due to problems getting the right rear wheel tightened.  This allowed Rosberg to regain the lead.  And that was virtually the end of the race for first place.  Rosberg had the lead and he drove just fast enough not to let Button catch up, while at the same time saving his tires.  Rosberg went on to give Mercedes its first grand Prix victory since Fangio won at Monza in 1955.

There was very good racing back through the first 14 finishing positions.  Raikkonen had a good race until his tires when away and he fell back to a final race finish position of fourteenth.

Hamilton finished third in a McLaren, while the two Red Bull Racing cars finished fourth and fifth with Webber ahead of Vettel.

Ferrari had another bad race result with Alonso earning only 2 points by finishing in 9th, while Massa finished 13th.

Romain Grosjean had another very good race with a solid 6th place finish.  The final race finishing positions for the 2012 Chinese Grand Prix are shown in the table below:

Final Race Finish Positions For The 2012 Chinese Grand Prix

Position Driver Team
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes
2 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes
3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes
4 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault
5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault
6 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault
7 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault
8 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault
9 Fernando Alonso Ferrari
10 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari
11 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari
12 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes
13 Felipe Massa Ferrari
14 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault
15 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes
16 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari
17 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari
18 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault
19 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth
20 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth
21 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth
22 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth
23 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault
24 Michael Schumacher Mercedes Wheel nut

The race caused significant changes to the World Drivers Championship standings.  As a result of his great finish, Rosberg was able to make a significant upward move.  The updated World Drivers Championship points standings after the Chinese Grand Prix race are shown in the following table:

Current Updated World Drivers Championship Points Standings After the 2012 Chinese Grand Prix Race

Position Driver Team Points Poles F/Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 45 2
2 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 43 1
3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 37
4 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 36
5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 28
6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 25 1
7 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 22
8 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 16 1
9 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 14
10 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 9 1
11 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 8
12 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 7
13 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 4
14 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 4
15 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 2
16 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 2
17 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1
Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 0
Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 0
Felipe Massa Ferrari 0
Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 0
Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 0
Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 0
Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 0

The win by Rosberg’s Mercedes has given the Mercedes team a big boost in the World Manufacturers Championship.  The current updated standings for the World Manufacturers Championship after the 2012 Chinese Grand Prix race are as follows:

Current Updated World Manufacturers Standings After the 2012 Chinese Grand Prix race

Position Team Points
1 McLaren-Mercedes 88
2 Red Bull Racing-Renault 64
3 Ferrari 37
4 Sauber-Ferrari 31
5 Mercedes 26
6 Lotus-Renault 24
7 Williams-Renault 18
8 Force India-Mercedes 9
9 STR-Ferrari 6
Marussia-Cosworth 0
Caterham-Renault 0
HRT-Cosworth 0

The next scheduled race is in Bahrain next weekend.  This has been a controversial race venue, but at this time it seems that it will happen.

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